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North Face Impulse Hoodie

in Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC

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5.00 / 5 (3 reviews)

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Steve Martell
( Steve )

Eastern Washington
North Face Impulse Hoodie on 12/09/2007 15:02:30 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Pros: ½ zip, SPF 50, thumb holes (++++) allow sleeves to function as half-gloves when needed. Very comfortable, right-side hem stash pocket, flatlock seams, Antimicrobial finish reduces odor. Size Large weighs 11.8oz. Got it on sale at REI for $49.

Cons: ½ zip is less versatile than full zip otherwise can’t think of any.

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Patrick Young
( lightingboy )

1/2 priced version of a pataguchi hoodie on 03/19/2008 15:58:14 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

For the money this hoodie kills the patagonia version. Used it for 3 days on the N. Rim of the Grand Canyon as my base layer and warm hat in temps from 14F-55F. The halfzip vents well and the thumb holes add versatility as half gloves. The front is more wind resistant and the rear of the arms and back are woven with a more breathable material to allow venting and wicking. I will probably modify the hood with a snap to close it more like a balaclava.
If you find one, get it!

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Alan Little
( AlanL )

Bavarian & Austrian Alps
Excellent light mid-layer on 08/12/2009 14:18:39 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have to differ from Patrick regarding the comparison to the Patagonia R1 Hoody. Yes, both hoodies have a number of excellent features in common - hood, half zip, long cut body, long cut thumbhole sleeves. I still find them very different. The R1 is much warmer and has in my opinion a much superior cut and fit - on me the Patagonia is form fitting on the torso, and the hood has that excellent snug balaclava fit Patrick is trying to achieve with his Impulse. In both areas the Impulse is quite loose.

OTOH: I bought the Impulse and didn't buy the R1. Nice as the R1 is, I have difficulty imagining any active scenario for me where it wouldn't be too warm. Whereas the Impulse turns out to be a perfect light mid-layer for high exertion cold-weather activities. I wear it for snowboarding and winter biking, over a closer fitting baselayer and under a hooded softshell, and rarely feel the need for anything more when I'm on the move.

I find hooded shirt and shell, together with a buff and a fleece (R1) headband, make a super cosy layering system for my head that eliminates the need for a big balaclava or hat.

Pros: most of the above

Cons: cut of torso and hood a bit loose.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Patagonia Balaclava - Kid's priced at: $17.50 - $35.00
Patagonia R1 Hoody - Men's priced at: $109.71 - $159.00
Patagonia R1 Hoody - Women's priced at: $149.00 - $189.00
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